Welcome to City-Data.com Forum!
U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Virginia > Northern Virginia
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 04-22-2010, 07:42 AM
 
20 posts, read 56,130 times
Reputation: 12

Advertisements

We made it out to NOVA and loved it. We hit all the areas mentioned on this forum and know for certain that NOVA is where we want to be. Thanks so much for all your help.

Seems like most of the country is getting hit pretty hard with budget cuts in the public school system. One concern we have is that we'd be stretching our budget pretty much to the limit with a move to NOVA and would not have any additional money for private schooling if the public school district we choose suffers through severe budget cuts. Can any of you tell me how the school district is doing in your area? Lots of talk of teacher lay-offs? Cutting funding for special programs?

Any input you could give us would be much appreciated.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 04-22-2010, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly NoVA and Phila
9,762 posts, read 15,692,799 times
Reputation: 10850
I don't think the budget cuts are severe enough to force people to go to private school. The biggest change impacting the largest group might be adding an extra person or two per classroom - making class size go up. Other changes might be getting rid of the strings program, transportation to the Gifted Talented schools (if your school has one), getting rid of some extra language programs that aren't available in every school anyway, adding fees for AP exams and maybe for some sports programs? That's all I remember off the top of my head. Check the website for more detailed info. Nothing is finalized yet as far as I know. http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/fairfa...POST%20BOS.pdf
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-22-2010, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Suburbia
8,793 posts, read 15,230,471 times
Reputation: 4487
Quote:
Originally Posted by michgc View Post
I don't think the budget cuts are severe enough to force people to go to private school. The biggest change impacting the largest group might be adding an extra person or two per classroom - making class size go up. Other changes might be getting rid of the strings program, transportation to the Gifted Talented schools (if your school has one), getting rid of some extra language programs that aren't available in every school anyway, adding fees for AP exams and maybe for some sports programs? That's all I remember off the top of my head. Check the website for more detailed info. Nothing is finalized yet as far as I know. http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/fairfa...POST%20BOS.pdf
Many of these things that were going to be cut are back in FCPS's budget since they will be receiving more money from the state than they had originally thought. I believe the proposal is still for increased sports fees and AP exams. There is still a pay freeze for employees and a small reduction in positions I believe. I am sure I can find more info.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-22-2010, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
2,136 posts, read 5,287,111 times
Reputation: 1303
Loudoun County Public Schools just finalized its budget (http://cmsweb1.loudoun.k12.va.us/509759161361/cwp/view.asp?A=3&Q=632208&C=103740 - broken link). Cuts included the elimination of 35 central office positions; two furlough days for all employees; elimination of 1% COLA for all employees; and other cuts. Here's the full list (http://cmsweb1.loudoun.k12.va.us/509759161361/lib/509759161361/Budget/FY11%20SB%20Reconciliation%20Summary%20Complete%20 List.pdf - broken link). (I would hope that no one would pull their kids out and put them in private school because there will no longer be any part-time assistant athletic trainers, but who knows.)
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-22-2010, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Suburbia
8,793 posts, read 15,230,471 times
Reputation: 4487
The Bottom Line - April 9, 2010 - FCPS

From the above publication:
...School Board’s advertised budget still includes reduced services and programs for the coming school year. These cuts include a reduction of more than 200 positions (nearly half from central office support); a salary freeze for all employees; a reduction of custodial support; the closing of Pimmit Hills Alternative High School; the elimination of summer school except for some special education students and credit recovery to ensure graduation; the elimination of the extended school day and modified elementary school calendar; and a 15 percent reduction in supplies and textbooks. In addition to these reductions, fees will be instituted for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and PSAT tests and for Virginia High School League sports participation.

If the Board of Supervisors provides a level transfer, restorations to the budget that were approved in February by the Fairfax County School Board will be funded. Those restorations would enable FCPS to maintain class size at current levels; fund assistant principals, instructional assistants, and instructional coaches; retain the foreign language in the elementary schools (FLES) program; and retain freshman sports, indoor track, and some swim and dive team practice time.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-24-2010, 11:49 AM
 
20 posts, read 56,130 times
Reputation: 12
Thank you all for your responses. The links you've provided gave me provided a better picture of what is going on in NOVA public schools than I was able to gather from Google. Thanks again.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-24-2010, 02:25 PM
 
1,183 posts, read 2,878,290 times
Reputation: 1079
Even with the proposed budget cuts, Fairfax County Schools will still be excellent. I've had kids in both public and private schools all over the world. Their schools here in Fairfax beat even the best private schools they've attended.

There are many things I won't miss when we move this summer...traffic, congestion, fast-paced, super stressed out lifestyle, high cost of living, snow.... But I will definitely miss the schools. They are fantastic.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Virginia > Northern Virginia
Similar Threads
View detailed profiles of:

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2024, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top